|Products||LCV (1949-1966), off-road cars (1935-1958), military vehicles (1940s), cars (1934-1957)|
|Parent||Hanomag (1965-1970),Daimler-Benz (1971-1977)|
|Website||No official homepage|
The company was well known in Germany, producing popular vans like the Matador and the Hanseat. Tempo also produced small military vehicles during the 1930s and 1940s.
The Goliath Dreirad (Threewheeler) was similar to the Tempo Hanseat
Tempo was founded as Vidal & Sohn Tempo-Werke in 1924. During the 1940s, Tempo produced small military vehicles.
Post-war the requirement of the Bundesgrenzschutz, in West Germany, to acquire a suitable vehicle for Border patrol led to production of the 80″ and 86″ Tempo from 1953 to 1957. The Tempo 80″ and 86″ was built using a rolling chassis from Land Rover, but attempts to continue production with the 88″ and 109″ models were not successful.
In 1958, Firodia Ltd, an Indian manufacturer of cars (Now known as Force Motors), started the production of Hanseat three-wheeled cars with the collaboration of Tempo-Werke. Later on, Tempo introduced the Matador, which (along with the Hanseat) was extremely popular in India where it was used as goods carrying vehicles. The four-wheeled Matador remained under production by Tempo from 1949 till 1967.
In 1966, Tempo partnered with Hanomag AG, the produced vehicles were sold under the name of Hanomag. From 1967 to 1970 the vehicles were sold under the new name “Hanomag-Henschel”. In 1971, Hanomag-Henschel, and within Tempo, was purchased by Daimler-Benz AG. Tempo remained on the production of vans until 1977. From 1966 to 1977, all vehicles produced by Tempo were sold under a different name, either Hanomag, Rheinstahl-Hanomag, Hanomag-Henschel, or Mercedes-Benz.
Various Tempo vehicles were once extremely common as goods carrying vehicle on the streets of Indian cities where the Indian company marketed them.
Licensed production by other companies
1950 Tempo Matador
- In Spain Tempo Onieva, later taken over by Barreiros, made Tempo Viking vans and light trucks featuring Barreiros diesel engines.
- In Uruguay Tempo Viking and Matador were made by Germania Motors.
- In the UK, Jensen Motors made the Tempo Matador too, known as Matador 1500 or Jensen Front Wheel Drive, starting in 1958.
- The Tempo Hanseat remained under production by Force Motors Ltd under the name Bajaj Tempo Hanseat from 1962 to 2000 (“Firodia” in latter years).
Goliath motors ltd in Bremen (Part of the Borgward-group) also produced a threewheeler until 1961, but this was not a version of the Hanseat. The Jolus Minx 1963-65 F1 car used suspension and cut down drive shafts from the Matador.
1949-52 Tempo Matador
1949-56 Tempo Matador surveillancewagen. KLM-Terreinpolitie van 1949-1956 Schiphol
1950 Tempo Matador 4
1950 Tempo Matador
1952 Tempo Matador Limousine © Dan Palatnik
1952 Tempo Matador Luxus – Werkstattwagen BGS
1952 Tempo Matador Snackwagon © Stilltime.net
1954 Tempo Bus
1954 Tempo Matador Kleinbus ad.
1954 TEMPO Vidal WUKING 2cyl Heinkel 452cc 17ps
1955 Tempo Matador chassis with trans and engine in front
1955 Tempo Matador Minibus Ski Express
1955 Tempo Matador politie © André Streich, Hagen
1955-63 Tempo Wiking mit Heinkel-Motor
1956 Tempo Matador Camper BG
1956 Tempo Matador Camper
1956 Tempo Mikafa Wohnmobil
1957 Tempo Wiking Kombi
1958 Tempo Matador Station Wagon Brochure
1958 Tempo-matador brochure
Bajaj Tempo Matador F305, F307
1959 Tempo Matador Ad
1959 Tempo Matador Kleinbus Hanomag Bus
1959 Tempo Matador Reisemobil